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Summertime is the busiest season for a hospital's burn unit. Besides grilling out, fireworks, and sun burns, there's another huge risk factor. Full Story
Dr. Megan Garcia the Medical Director at the Grossman Burn Center at Research Medical Center explains that hot liquid burns, are the number one cause of burns in children. That includes water from the hose in the summer, and it’s why experts are saying check the temperature before your child plays. Be #BurnSafe this summer!
Stories like this little boy’s provided by Las Vegas Fire Rescue make the rounds every summer as kids get burned from hot water -- in his case, it was water from the hose.
“Think of your water hose. It’s usually a dark green or a black," Garcia said. "It absorbs a lot of heat, so the water passing through, even if it’s cold water, will warm up.” She said water left in a hose in the yard can quickly hit 140 or 150 degrees.
Garcia said if your child does get burned, do only one thing. “You only want cool water. Don’t put ice on there. Please don’t put anything like butter on your burn, or mustard or milk. A lot of people think that that helps, but it does not,” Garcia said. For first aid treatment for burns Click Here
If you or someone you care about is injured by a burn, the skilled and highly trained medical staff of the world-renowned Grossman Burn Centers are available to provide the very best care possible.